Posted on October 16th, 2017 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we are proud to be ambassadors for Orchard Toys. We love the education value of their games from tiny tots to growing kids. With quality parts and affordable prices they deliver time after time. I didn’t need to think twice before accepting the new season game of Cheeky Monkeys to put through its paces. If you have one or more cheeky monkeys in your house this game won’t fail to delight. Read on to find out more and how you could win yourself a game to play.
They’ve all gone bananas
The object of the game is to win as many bananas as you can. The little cheeky monkey cards have 0 – 6 bananas on each. You never know how many will be on your card when you turn it over and hang it in your tree. But that’s not all, spin the spinner to see what you land on, watch out for the pool board and keep your wits about you, it may be better to spin again than keep a monkey with no bananas. Most of all keep an eye on your opponent landing on a monkey and laying claim to your bananas!
Cheeky Monkeys board in play
Need to Know
1 two-part £D tree
32 monkey cards
1 pool board
1 spinner board
1 two-part plastic spinner arrow
1 instruction leaflet
4 – 8|
Number of players||
2 – 4|
Develop counting skills
Reinforce hand-eye coordination
Promote strategic thinking
What we loved about Cheeky Monkeys
As well as the educational benefits listed above we loved the competitive aspect of the game, and felt it helped with the concept of sharing. No one wants to see their bananas taken by their opponent but this can happen quite legitimately and so lessons in being a good sport as well as competitive come into play. Above all the game is fun to play and quick to understand. Cheeky Moneys gets the big thumbs up from us. It isn’t just us going bananas for Cheeky Moneys, Orchard Toys have just scooped a gold award for the game is the Made for Mums Toy Awards. Well deserved we believe.
Win your game of Cheeky Monkeys from Orchard Toys with Coombe Mill
If you can see your kids going bananas for cheeky Monkeys then why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our game for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own. Our game can be found in the Coombe Mill games room for our holiday guests to enjoy.
Posted on October 9th, 2017 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we love books for children that are easy to understand, simple to grasp and fun to read. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the two themed titles of Hide and Sneak. The title immediately struck me as fun and with themes of Animals and Vehicles I knew it would be perfect for my tractor and train little holiday enthusiasts staying on the farm and the animal lovers too.
Can you spot the odd one out?
The only writing in the whole book is a few words of explanation on page one. From here it is a double page spread of finding the odd one out from the pictures. A clever use of illustrations with a clear odd one out that will challenge logical thinking in very young children and still be fun for growing kids too.
What we thought of Hide and Sneak Animals and Transport
We brought the books out to a discerning group of 2 – 7 year olds at the start of a craft session and my suspicions on how they would react was more than born out. The children were enthralled racing to spot the odd one out and turn the page for the next challenge. As they got the hang of what they were looking for they spotted the odd one out quicker. I can totally recommend these books from age 2+. They would make great birthday present or stocking filler this Christmas.
Need to Know
|Books in the series|
Vehicles hide and sneak
Animals Hide and Sneak
|RSP||£6.95 per book|
|Format||Hardback and pages|
|Illustrated by||Bastien Contraire|
Amazon – Vehicles & Animals
Win your copy of Hide and Sneak Animals and Vehicles with Coombe Mill and Phaidon
We have 3 sets of these lovely books to giveaway. If you know a little learner keen to begin some early logical reasoning why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part
Hide and Sneak: Animals and Vehicles.
We were sent our copy of the books to create this review, however all words, thoughts and opinions on the books are entirely my own. Our copies can be found in the Coombe Mill Games Room for all our holiday guests to borrow.
Posted on October 2nd, 2017 - Fiona
Little ones everywhere have been taken in with the Num Nom craze and who can blame them. Sweet scented loveable characters to play with create with make and remake into hours of playful fun. Now Num Noms Series 4 is out with even more clever combinations giving sweetness overload without a single calorie! For your chance to grab your sweet one a starter pack, Lunch box deluxe and a copy of the official magazine read on.
Need to Know Facts for Num Noms Series 4
Num Noms Series 4 Starter Pack||
Cookies & Milk, Tea Party, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Frozen Yogurt, Snack Break, Princess Cakes, Frosted Donuts and Bundt Cakes|
Num Noms Series 4 Lunch Box Deluxe
Sweets Sampler and Desserts Tray|
|Lunchbox packaging||can be re-used to carry your collectables|
|Official Magazine||One off special available to Coombe Mill blog Readers|
|Stockists for Num Noms Series 4||Toys r us, Argos, Smyth’s, Tesco, Asda, the Entertainer, Very|
|Also Available|| not in this giveaway||Num Noms Surprise in a Jar – RRP £9.99 Num Noms Nail Polish Maker – RRP £49.99 Num Noms Collectors Case – RRP £19.99|
|Suitable for||Age 3+|
What we thought of the new Num Noms Series 4
I had my Great niece staying who is age three and knew all about Num Noms. She was so excited when presented with my lovely haul of goodies she didn’t know which to open first! With my daughter to help her she worked her way through the sets pulling each one out to examine and smell.
The idea of mixing and matching and stacking soon crept in and before we knew it we had a whole sweetness collection coming together and sweet smelling lip gloss to apply.
We introduced our Num Nom Go- GoCafe Playset to the series 4 collection and it’s fair to say all the fun of the forgotten in this hour of garden play!
Win your Num Noms Series 4 sweetness collection worth £27 with Coombe Mill
If you have someone who would enjoy the new Num Nom Series 4 collection why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part
Num Noms Series 4
We were sent a Num Noms Series 4 Starter Pack, Lunch Box Deluxe and magazine for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on September 25th, 2017 - Fiona
I have discovered a company that has it all for those who enjoy a good game. Whether you have a mansion with a billiards room aka Cluedo or just a space in the garden for a spot of skittles you will find it all over at Hamilton Billiards Snooker Tables and Games.
Anyone for Snooker
OK we don’t have a mansion but we do have a games room with a Pool table and now I know just the company to restore it at the end of a busy season. These folk have thought of everything from the trendy apartment space to the full on traditional Billiards room. Want the style but don’t have the space? No worries, how about a dining table that converts into a pool table; now there’s a thought for the ultimate dinner party.
Guild of Master Craftsmen
Buy from these boys and you are assured of quality. As part of the Guild of master craftsmen you know you will be receiving the best workmanship from a company steeped in history and traditional values of craftsmanship and customer service from antique tables dating back to 1800 to the latest in contemporary gaming design. If you are lucky enough to live near Baldock in Hertfordshire why not pop along to the showrooms and see for yourself. For the rest of us the website has it all from the table to all the accessories you could need.
So what about the other balls?
It isn’t just Billiard tables you’ll find, these guys have a wonderful range of outdoor toys that caught my eye. From sophisticated boules and croquet to family fun with giant darts or snakes and ladders and all at really affordable prices.
Win £50 to spend as you like with Hamilton billiards and Coombe Mill
Have a good look around the website and see what £50 would buy you. Will it be Garden chess, dominoes or darts, may be chess, pick-up sticks or money towards that dining room pool table you always wanted. Whatever takes your fancy you need to be in it to win it so follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
£50 to spend on outdoor games at Hamilton Billiards.
I have yet to try the products myself, although I fully intent to. I have been compensated to write the post but all content and thoughts are my own.
Posted on September 18th, 2017 - Fiona
Every now and then I come across a company that meets real consumer demand, fits with Coombe Mill and are a pleasure to work with. Blade and Rose is my latest discovery that totally fills this description. They make adorable clothing and gifts for tots that is distinctive and practical, easy to wear and stylish. Apart from the gorgeous clothes the family ownership of the business makes it feel very like Coombe Mill to me and the drive and passion in what they do is obvious. I have been lucky enough to receive the cutest leggings, top and socks all in a coordinating sheep theme. My Great Nephew is now the proud owner of these after modelling them while staying with us here on the farm. Read on to find out why I’m so excited to share this range and for a chance to win a set for the little one in your life.
Little sheep chaser on the farm
Dressed for the farm in his Blade and Rose themed sheep chasing outfit there was no stopping my nephew as he raced from one animal to the next, drove the tractor and tested out the play equipment. I think he was the best dressed of us all, not only was he warm and snug in the autumn morning sun but the super soft cotton rich leggings and top have enough stretch to make them perfect for clambering around the farm.
Need to Know facts for Blade and Rose autumn clothing sets
|Price per Set
||£29.45 made up of leggings £10, top £13.95 socks £5.50
Independent shops in the North of England
Online at the Blade & Rose website
48 original designs to mix and match
||0 – 4 years
Cotton with 5% spandex and 20% nylon in the leggings & socks
Tops cotton with 5% elastane
Win your choice of leggings, top & socks from Blade and Rose autumn collection with Coombe Mill
If you have a child age 0 – 4 in mind who would like one of these lovely sets why not enter to win by following the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Blade and Rose Autumn outfit
We were sent our sheep leggings, cloud top and matching socks to review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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